Thou Art The Star of Morning / O Plena Gratia


This Marian hymn for the Assumption was written by American Roman Catholic religious sister, teacher, theologian and poet Helen Condon RSCJ (1921-2006) - ref).

It was published in a collection of Marian hymns in 1951, later in the Pius X Hymnal (1953) where it was set to a traditional French tune, Je Sais, Vierge Maria.   It is also reportedly in the, now out-of-print, book Hymns, Psalms & Spiritual Canticles edited by Theodore Marier.

More recently it was included on a 2011 recording by the Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles.



Downloads


Examples


Instrumental - piano - with sheet music on-screen:




Original French song:


Lyrics

Thou art the righteous Star of Morning in God's broad sky,
Thou art his tower of ivory, raised up on high.
Hail, Heaven's Queen!
O lux caelestia!
Thou giver of all gladness,
O plena gratia!

Thou art the Maid and Mother, long foretold,
In thee all beauty dwelleth,
O House of Gold!
Hail, Heaven's Queen!
O lux caelestia!
Thou giver of all gladness,
O plena gratia!

Thou art the shining mirror of God's fair love,
The mighty Help of Christians enthroned above.
Hail, Heaven's Queen!
O lux caelestia!
Thou giver of all gladness,
O plena gratia!

All shall rise to bless thee the ages long.
And angel choirs surround thee with praise and song.
Hail, Heaven's Queen!
O lux caelestia!
Thou giver of all gladness,
O plena gratia!

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